Noise, stress, lack of privacy…oh, the joys of working in an open plan office where your business is everyone’s business! As long as everyone respects the rules and learns how to use the advantages of their working environment, open plan offices can bring improved communication, a friendly atmosphere and team spirit.
There are many factors to consider in designing a suitable open-plan office environment. Designers, sensitive to varying needs, must weigh the options for each project, taking into account the individual and organizational needs and the practical possibilities in the space.
10 tips to plan a successful open-plan office.
1 Design and furnish for specific job requirements. Workstation for full time employees should range between 7′-0″ x 7′-0″ft. to 9′-0″ x 9′-0″ ft.
2 Enable adjustability and control
3 Allow personalization
4 Avoid large unbounded groups of workstations
5 Keep panels above 4′-0″ ft where visual privacy is important
6 Maximize access to windows and daylight
7 Have smaller touch down spaces where employees can quickly meet to discuss ideas, quickly check emails and make phone calls, allowing them to feel that they are in contact with the outside world at all times. It is very important to make these collaborative spaces exciting and relax so that they are used on a regular basis.
8 Cafeterias or Kitchenette within work spaces are great tools for meetings and collaboration – great ideas are generated over meals and coffees, and with the cafeteria being on the business premises it means that your employees are away from the office less.
9 Use document trays on your desk and sort them out once a week to help you keep your workspace clear.
10 Train people how to use the new space
Always remember great work spaces are magnets to attract great workers.